Chaplaincy/Pastoral Care M.Div. Specialization

Degree Overview

Vocational Calling

To serve as military and hospital chaplain, pastor, church staff member in pastoral care and counseling, or related areas wherein a license in counseling is not required. Some pastors who desire a specialization in pastoral care would also pursue this degree.

For further information, please contact:

  • Dr. Preston L. Nix (Curriculum Coordinator)

  • Dr. Bo Rice (Specialization Advisor)

Program Requirements

Basic Ministerial Competency Component (64-65 hours)

Biblical Exposition Competency (21 hours)

Course

Hours

Exploring the Old Testament

3

Exploring the New Testament

3

Introduction to Biblical Hermeneutics

3

Introductory Hebrew Grammar

3

Intermediate Hebrew Grammar for OT Exegesis

3

Introductory Greek Grammar

3

Intermediate Greek Grammar for NT Exegesis

3

Christian Theological Heritage Competency (13 hours)

course

hours

Systematic Theology 1

3

Systematic Theology 2

3

History of Christianity: Reformation-Modern

2

Baptist Heritage

2

Philosophy of Religion
OR
Christian Apologetics

3

NOBTS, SBC, and Cooperative Program

*

Disciple Making Competency (6-7 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 1: Personal Evangelism Practicum (M)

2

Church Evangelism (M)

2

Christian Missions (M)
OR
Discipleship Strategies (M)

3
OR
2

Interpersonal Skills Competency (4 hours)

course

hours

Counseling in Ministry 

2

Interpersonal Relationship Skills 

2

Servant Leadership Competency (8 hours)

course

hours

Supervised Ministry 2: Ministry Practicum (M)

2

Pastoral Ministry

3

Church Leadership and Administration (M

3

Spiritual and Character Formation Competency (4 hours)

course

hours

Introduction to Spiritual Formation (M

1

Christian Ethics
OR
Biblical Ethics

3

Worship Leadership Competency (8 hours)

course

hours

Worship Leadership

3

Proclaiming the Bible
OR
Teaching the Bible***

3

Preaching Practicum
OR
Teaching Practicum*** (M)

2

Specialization Competency Component (15 hours)

Students will choose one Track from the following:

Chaplaincy Track (15 hours)

course

hours

Theological and Practical Issues in Chaplaincy 

3

Advanced Pastoral Counseling 

3

Crisis Counseling 

3

Choose 6 hours from the following courses:

Group Counseling 

3

A Practical Integration of Psychology, Theology, and
Spirituality in the Counseling Setting 

3

The Bible in the Professional Counselor 

3

Pastoral Care Track (15 hours)

course

hours

Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment 

3

Personality Development 

3

Advanced Pastoral Counseling 

3

Crisis Counseling 

3

Group Counseling 

3

Clinical Practicum Component (3 hours)

course

hours

Basic Clinical Pastoral Education (COUN5395)
OR
Chaplains Candidate School

3

Elective Component (2-3 hours)

Free Elective (2/3 hours)
(OR Chaplains Candidate School 2/3 hours)

Total Required: 84-86 hours

(M) Indicates course is also available in a mentoring format.

*All graduate students must take this course during orientation in their first semester; however, students will not receive a credit hour or be charged for the course.

**Students not called into a preaching ministry may choose to take Teaching the Bible instead of Proclaiming the Bible, and Teaching Practicum instead of Preaching Practicum.